2019 Elections: Batuan, Masbate Candidates

While most of the politicians in Masbate are jumping to the national administration party, the incumbent officials of Batuan are staying with their original party — the National Unity Party (NUP). Mayor Charmax Jan Yuson and Bodgie Yuson will both seek reelection and are being challenged by Marco Martin Cam and Remegio Cebu Jr., respectively. The challengers are both from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

The complete list of candidates is as follows:

For Mayor

  1. CAM, MARCO MARTIN (PDP-Laban)
  2. YUSON, CHARMAX JAN (NUP)

For Vice Mayor

  1. CEBU, REMEGIO JR. (PDP-Laban)
  2. YUSON, BODGIE (NUP)

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Winners and losers in the Batocabe slay case

Ako Bicol Partlylist Representative Rodel Batocabe was attending a gift-giving activity in Barangay Burgos in Daraga, Albay on December 22, 2018 when he was shot dead along with his police escort, SPO2 Orlando Diaz. The incident also led to the wounding of seven bystanders. Six days later, the Philippine National Police (PNP) released facial composite sketches of the suspects. On January 3, 2019, after the bounty was raised to P50 million, the suspects surrendered and on the same day tagged incumbent Mayor Carlwyn Baldo as the killer.

If this is how fast and efficient the PNP works, how come in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs there is dismal performance in catching the big fishes? Isn’t the war on drugs the priority program of the president and that drugs can kill not only a Batocabe but also children who holds the key to the future?

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While we commend the PNP for their unusual speed in catching the suspects and identifying the mastermind in the Batocabe murder case, we ask everyone, especially our law enforcers, to exercise caution and look at all angles even beyond the current evidences and testimonies of the suspects. Bicol Trending News, for instance, suggests looking into the following:

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2019 Elections: CamNorte Congressional Candidates

In the province where Congressmen could not finish three terms, does the 2019 election spell doom for the incumbents?

In the First Congressional District, first termer Renato Unico Jr. of the National Unity Party (NUP) will be facing two challengers one of whom is Gov. Edgar Tallado’s wife, Josefina. Like her husband, Josefina will be running under Partido Demoratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

In the Second District, incumbent Marisol Panotes, also of PDP-Laban, will be challenged by former Congresswoman Liwayway Vinzons Chato.

Both Chato and Tallado are considered to be strong contenders having a name and machinery, respectively.

The complete list of candidates is as follows:

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Links to List of Candidates for the 2019 Elections

  1. Albay
  • Legazpi City
  • Ligao City
  • Tabaco City
1. Bacacay
2. Camalig
3. Daraga (Locsin)
4. Guinobatan
5. Jovellar
6. Libon
7. Malilipot
8. Malinao
9. Manito
10. Oas
11. Pio Duran
12. Polangui
13. Rapu-Rapu
14. Santo Domingo
15. Tiwi

2. Camarines Norte

Basud
Capalonga
Daet
Jose Panganiban
Labo
Mercedes
Paracale
San Lorenzo Ruiz
San Vicente
Santa Elena
Talisay
Vinzons

3. Camarines Sur

Baao
Balatan
Bato
Bombon
Buhi
Bula
Cabusao
Calabanga
Camaligan
Canaman
Caramoan
Del Gallego
Gainza
Garchitorena
Goa
Lagonoy
Libmanan
Lupi
Magarao
Milaor
Minalabac
Nabua
Ocampo
Pamplona
Pasacao
Pili
Presentacion
Ragay
Sagñay
San Fernando
San Jose
Sipocot
Siruma
Tigaon
Tinambac

4. Catanduanes

Provincial Candidates

Congressional Candidates

Bagamanoc
Baras
Bato
Caramoran
Gigmoto
Pandan
Panganiban (Payo)
San Andres (Calolbon)
San Miguel
Viga
Virac

5. Masbate

  • Masbate City
Aroroy
Baleno
Balud
Batuan
Cataingan
Cawayan
Claveria
Dimasalang
Esperanza
Mandaon
Milagros
Mobo
Monreal
Palanas
Pio V. Corpuz
Placer
San Fernando
San Jacinto
San Pascual
Uson

6. Sorsogon

  • Sorsogon City
Barcelona
Bulan
Bulusan
Casiguran
Castilla
Donsol
Gubat
Irosin
Juban
Magallanes
Matnog
Pilar
Prieto Diaz
Santa Magdalena

 

Mayon Volcano eruption and the Circumferential Road Project

Mayon Volcano has erupted anew and Alert Level 4 has been declared by the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) as of this writing. Alert Level 4 means an explosive eruption is possible in the next few hours or days.

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Given the impending more violent volcanic eruption, people are asking: Ano na ang bareta sa P60 million Mayon Circumferential Road Project of the Department of Public Works and Highways? Yes, it was halted, but what about the damage it may cause for uprooting the trees that serve as natural barriers against flood, pyroclastic flows and even ashfalls?

There were reports that the Bicol Environment Management Bureau (EMB) has issued a show-cause order to District Engineer Simon Arias of the Albay First District Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Legazpi which implements the project. But then, what has happened since then? The report was made October last year. Ngonyan, ano’ng taon na?

It was revealed that the construction of the circumferential road has no environmental clearance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. It was implemented by the DPWH with Sunwest Construction as one of the two favored contractors. Another is DSB Construction. Sunwest, however, bagged P50 M of the contract while DSB has P10 M. Sunwest is associated with the Ako Bicol Partylist which explains why Ako Bicol Congressman Rodel Batocabe was among the politicians defending the project.

Just in case the eruption continued to linger on and causes much damage, what will DPWH do? Will it ask Sunwest to relocate the affected residents to Misibis Resort?